The latest version of the Volvo XC90 is billed as being "all-new," although others might refer to the changes to the SUV as more of a "mid-cycle refresh." With a lot of automakers, you can argue all day about what actually constitutes a new model, but Volvo is a manufacturer that does things a little differently. Volvo's engineers and designers constantly update all their models and none of them more than the XC90 flagship Volvo SUV. So, let's have a closer look at what to expect from the 2020 Volvo XC90 family SUV.
The cosmetic changes for the 2020 model year are subtle, but noticeable, which is pretty much how Volvo does things when the vehicle in question isn’t ushering in an entirely new generation. The cosmetic enhancements make the 2020 Volvo XC90 look even more like the award-winning XC40 than it did already, except bigger, obviously. Buyers also now have the option for a six-seat configuration of what was previously only a seven-seat SUV, and the battery capacity of the T8 plug-in-hybrid variant has been increased again to allow greater electric-only range.
The basic sheet metal and the front fascia remain fairly similar to last year's XC90, so the signature "Thor’s hammer" headlamps on each side of the almost rectangular grille are still the most prominent feature of the big Volvo. However, the grille has been modestly redesigned with what now appear to be thinner vertical slats. The previous XC90 had 17 slats, but there are now 20 in the new grille across a similar area. The bumpers have also benefitted from some minor enhancements, such as a sharper splitter-like feature and thinner black inserts at each corner. Basically, the XC90 is now every bit as modern, stylish and Volvo as the XC40.
For such a sizeable vehicle, the lineup is fairly compact with just three trim levels for buyers to choose from. However, the levels of standard equipment even at the entry-level are so high, nobody will be disappointed with any of this impressive trio. The entry-level model is the anything-but-entry-level Momentum, which is billed as "Premium" by the manufacturer. The mid-range XC90 is the (luxury) Inscription, and the last of the three grades if the (sport) R-Design.
In line with current Volvo powertrain philosophy, all engines in the 2020 XC90 lineup are turbocharged, and none are bigger than four cylinders. The T5 is the base powertrain and it can be had in front or all-wheel-drive, and the 2.0-liter turbo-four develops 250 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Next up is the T6, and this one adds a supercharger as well as a turbocharger to produce 316 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, and all-wheel-drive is standard with the T6.
The T8 is the range-topping powertrain, and this is the plug-in-hybrid system that combines the T6's gas engine with an electric motor that adds an additional 87 horsepower. That means it gives the XC90 400 horsepower and 472 lb.-ft. of torque. The most fuel-efficient model is the XC90 T8.
For more details about the all-new 2020 Volvo XC90 and to try one out for yourself with a test drive, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at The Wynn Group, the premier choice Volvo dealer in Norristown, PA.